I want to elaborate a little bit more on "the guardians" before I begin my "Crazy Town" post. "Crazy Town" is where one finds one's self if they view coincidence or synchronicity through a lens of fear. I was there man! But, it was just one stop on the journey and it was an interesting journey that many people my age have taken. I'd like to share it with you as well as showing what prompted me to start blogging about it. Later though.
The temple interior, the belly of the whale, and the heavenly land beyond, above, and below the confines of the world, are one and the same. That is why the approaches of and the entrances to temples are flanked and defended by colossal gargoyles: dragons, lions, devilslayers with drawn swords, resentful dwarves, winged bulls. These are the threshold guardians to ward away all incapable of encountering the higher silence within. They are preliminary embodiments of the dangerous aspect of the presence, corresponding to the mythological ogres that bound the conventional world, or the two rows of teeth of the whale. They illustrate the fact that the devotee at the moment of the entry into the temple undergoes a metamorphosis. --Joseph Campbell
Here are the Lions in front the New York Public Library. That is my kind of sacred space.
I mentioned earlier how our fundamental guardians are our parents represented perhaps by our so called first parents.
The caduceus (/kəˈduːsiəs/, -ʃəs, -ˈdjuː-; κηρύκειον in Greek) or wand of Hermes is typically depicted as a short herald's staff entwined by two serpents in the form of a double helix, and sometimes surmounted by wings. In later Antiquity the caduceus may have provided the basis for the astrological symbol representing the planet Mercury and in Roman iconography was often depicted being carried in the left hand of the Greek god Hermes, the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead and protector of merchants, gamblers, liars and thieves.The caduceus is sometimes used as a symbol for medicine, especially in North America, through confusion with the traditional medical symbol, the rod of Asclepius, which has only a single snake and no wings. Given the historically attested use of this emblem, its adoption as a symbol of medicine is a great irony. . . WikipediaThe rod of Asclepius (also known as the rod of Asklepios, rod of Aesculapius or asklepian) is an ancient Greek symbol associated with astrology and with healing the sick through medicine. It consists of a serpent entwined around a staff. Asclepius, the son of Apollo, was a practitioner of medicine in ancient Greek mythology. . . Wikipedia
kundalini |ˌkoŏndlˈēnē|noun(in yoga) latent female energy believed to lie coiled at the base of the spine. [Are you thinking about Lilith like I am?]• (also kundalini yoga) a system of meditation directed toward the release of such energy.ORIGIN Sanskrit, literally 'snake.'Kundalini (kuṇḍalinī कुण्डलिनी) Sanskrit, literally "coiled". In Indian yoga, a "corporeal energy" - an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force or Shakti, envisioned either as a goddess or else as a sleeping serpent coiled at the base of the spine, hence a number of English renderings of the term such as 'serpent power'. Kundalini is considered a part of the subtle body along with chakras (energy centres) and nadis (channels). The overall concept has many points in common with Chinese acupuncture.Yoga and Tantra propose that this energy may be "awakened" by such means as austerities, breath and other physical exercises, visualization and chanting. It may then rise up a subtle channel at the spine (called Sushumna) to the head, bringing psychological illumination. Each chakra is said to contain special characteristics. Yogis tend to attempt this alone, Tantrics in couples, both usually under the instruction of a guru.
chakra |ˈ ch äkrə|noun(in Indian thought) each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number.ORIGIN from Sanskrit cakra 'wheel or circle,' from an Indo-European base meaning 'turn,' shared by wheel .
8"And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."
Now let's return to our original point, the guardians! I was calling them, the guardians, Adam and Eve. What if we called them Pingala and Ida?
In addition to the seven chakras of the subtle body, the Tantrashave described a network of subtle channels known as Nadis.According to the tantric treatise Shiva Samhita, there arefourteen principal nadis. Of these, Ida, Pingala and Sushumnaare considered the most important.Ida is the left channel. Ida is white, feminine, cold, representsthe moon and is associated with the river Ganga (Ganges).Originating in Muladhara, Ida ends up in the left nostril.Pingala is the right channel. Pingala is red, masculine, hot,represents the sun and is associated with the river Yamuna.Originating in Muladhara, Pingala ends up in the right nostril.Sushumna is the central channel and is associated withthe river Saraswati. Running up the body from just belowMuladhara chakra to Sahasrara chakra at the crown of the head. . . Tantra-Kundalini.com